Tag: wider angles

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Twitter shares dropped 21% after fall in monthly users

After Facebook’s stock-plunge last week, Twitter experienced a similarly-bumpy response to its latest quarterly financial results, which saw the company’s shares drop by 21%. The cause: a slight fall in the number...
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Google Assistant tops VC firm’s voice-assistant ‘IQ’ test

Mirror mirror on the wall, which is the smartest smart-speaker of them all? This is no fairytale: it’s a study by venture-capital firm Loup Ventures of the relative ‘IQs’ of the main voice assistants: Google Assistant,...
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Facebook opens China ‘innovation hub’ despite being blocked

“There are three reasons I decided to learn Chinese,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told a Chinese audience (in Mandarin) back in October 2014. “The first, my wife is Chinese. Her grandmother can only speak Chinese....
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Even with $5bn EC fine Alphabet posted a $3.2bn net profit in Q2

The European Commission recently hit Google with a $5bn fine for anti-competitive behaviour around its Android platform, although the company is planning to appeal. How much would the fine hurt its parent company Alphabet...
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YouTube reaches new milestone: 1.9bn logged-in monthly users

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has revealed a new milestone for the service: 1.9 billion logged-in users a month, up from 1.5 billion in June 2017. Wojcicki published the figure in a blog post giving YouTube channel-owners...
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Report claims that 9.5% of Instagram users may be bots

Do androids dream of Instagramming their electric-sheep noodles in the hope of getting a few hundred likes? A new report from research firm Ghost Data suggests that as many as 9.5% of Instagram users may be bots. That’s...
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Google fined $5bn by EC for Android anti-competitive behaviour

The sight of Google being slapped with a multi-billion-dollar fine by European regulators will undoubtedly cheer up some music rightsholders, but what implications might it have for the industry? The European Commission...
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Netflix sees its next 100m subscribers coming from India

The Financial Times has a good piece on video-streaming service Netflix’s ambitions in India where it’s starting to invest more money in original shows and films. It quotes CEO Reed Hastings speaking at a Delhi conference,...
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Facebook makes its case for not being a social monopoly

US Senate and House committees recently sent Facebook more than 2,000 questions about how it operates its business, as part of the fallout from the recent Cambridge Analytics revelations. Overnight, the social network provided...
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HTC shows off Exodus, a blockchain-powered smartphone

Yes, blockchain technology is also making headlines in the smartphone-manufacturing world. HTC has announced plans to develop a blockchain-powered Android smartphone called Exodus, which will come with its own cryptocurrencies...
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‘Battle royale’ game Fortnite is generating $100m a month

We first wrote about Fortnite: Battle Royale last month, when Drake popped up on Twitch playing the game against a popular streamer. But the rise of Fortnite is well worth following for its own merits: a gaming brand that’s...
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Research claims 3% of YouTube channels get 90% of views

Views are no longer the most important currency on YouTube: it’s been watch-time for a while now – as shown by the fact that the platform’s new minimum requirements for ‘partner’ status include 4,000 hours of watch-time...